Killing

Exodus 20:13, “Thou shalt not kill.” Most will generally agree that killing is wrong. However, these same ones will also look for loop holes such as “self” defense or killing associated with war. Jesus would later come and condemn all forms of killing by combining this commandment into the two great commandments (canon of love, 1 Jn 3:23-24, 1 Jn 4:9-11, 21): Matthew 22:39, “And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” One man asked Jesus who his neighbor was, and Christ answered with the story of the Good Samaritan (Lk 10:29-37). The Jews hated and despised Samaritans and it turns out that they represented the neighbors (fellow man) that this man should love. Now mankind will always justify hatred for their enemies (Lk 6:35). Christ elaborated on the intent of the second commandment: Matthew 5:43-45, “Ye have heard that it hath been said, […]

When to Hang Out with Sinners

“When to Hang out with Sinners” Robert M. Thompson, Pastor February 2, 2014 Jesus parties with tears in his heart so he can show sinners God’s mercy. Matthew 9:9-13 9 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him. 10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”12 On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” An invitation from sinners This passage about Jesus eating dinner with […]

Son of God Movie review

Review and Critique By Justin Peters – March 2014 www.justinpeters.org   Ten years after Mel Gibson’s movie, “The Passion of the Christ,” we have another blockbuster film portraying the second Person of the triune God.  This movie, “Son of God,” shares more in common with its predecessor than simply the main character.  Like “The Passion,”“Son of God” has Roman Catholics (husband and wife team of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey) as its producers and is being enthusiastically embraced and promoted by evangelicals. Once it comes out on DVD, “Son of God” will be sold in many secular stores, and undoubtedly every Christian bookstore.  LifeWay Christian Stores, affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, is already selling a Bible study authored by Rick Warren based on the film. 1 Knowing that this movie is going to be the topic of considerable conversation for some time, I went to see it with pen […]

Death & the Soul, part 1

Amost every home has experienced the death of some loved one, and because of it, the heart cry of millions all over the world is, “Where are our dead? In heaven? In hell? In purgatory, limbo, or some other place? Are our departed ones asleep, or are they dead? What has been done with the millions of dead?” You know, friends, only as we get the whole story from the Book of God can we know the whole truth on this very vital subject. Grabbing a text here and plucking a text from over there and founding an entire doctrine on that text is one of the most dangerous things a person can do, and it might cost an individual his eternal salvation. And yet it’s often done today, whole doctrines are based on just one verse of the Bible. Did you ever hear the story of the four blind […]

Is it Right to Judge?

IS IT RIGHT: To Judge, To Expose Error, & To Call Names? by E.L. Bynum Many today believe that it is wrong to expose error and to name names. Liberals have always seemed to believe this, but in recent times it has been widely espoused by evangelicals and charismatics. Now we are seeing the same fatal error being declared by those who profess to be Bible believing fundamentalists. Those who are faithful in exposing error according to the Bible are now being widely denounced, and are accused of being unloving and unkind. In this tract we intend to present the teaching of the Bible on this vital subject. I. It Is Right To Practice Biblical JudgmentOne of the most misused verses in the Bible is, “Judge not, that ye be not judged”(Matt. 7: 1). Every Scripture verse should be read in its context, if we are to properly understand the […]

Family Devotions

IDEAS FOR FAMILY DEVOTIONS I want to have Family Devotions with my family, but what do I read to them? Where do I start?” I would suggest that you have a daily reading, but once a week do something different or special. Don’t get in a rut. Never let Family Devotions become boring. Always read the Word of God with faith and expectancy. Believe God is going to speak to you. Here are a few ideas to get you started. You will think of many more. READ THROUGH A BOOK OF THE BIBLE You can start at the beginning of a book in the New Testament and read until you get to the end of the book. If you have little children, only read two or three scriptures each night, and leave out the passages that may be difficult for them to understand. Read from a modern version of the […]

Gnashing of Teeth

“GNASHING OF TEETH” by John Accomando     I’ve tried pointing out repeatedly how Paul said that the “Day of the Lord” (DoTL) comes only upon the wicked like a “thief”, and not the righteous, and that the Lord is still telling us to “watch” for His coming like a “thief” even after the 6th vial (Rev. 16:15), but I realized something else about the pertinent verses in the Olivet Discourse. Read the oft quoted verse again: Matthew 24:43- “But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.” One should realize that the Lord described this in a post-trib context, because He laid out Matthew 24 sequentially (Beginning of sorrows- verse 8; Abomination of Desolation- verse 15; Great Tribulation- verse 21; His posttrib return- verses […]

tevah

Word Meaning tevah A chest/box, probably an Egyptian loan-word from T-b-t: chest or coffin. arohn A chest/box where valuables are stored; or a coffin. kibotos A chest/box. thibis A wicker basket.   Baby Moses’ tevah The use of thibis for baby Moses’ tevah emphasizes the material. Interestingly, this is the only appearance of this word, it is not used for other baskets, only for baby Moses’ tevah—plus it sounds similar. The first-century Jewish historian Josephus (as translated by William Whiston) adds: When they [Moses’parents Amram and Jochebed] had thus determined, they made an ark [plegma (plaited work, wickerwork)] of bulrushes [biblinon (soft pith of the papyrus plant)], after the manner of a cradle [koitidi (box-basket, related to kibotos)], and of a bigness sufficient for an infant to be laid in, without being too straitened [or, confined]: they then daubed it over with slime [asphaltôi (asphalt, pitch)], which would naturally keep […]

Eye of a Needle

Do you know what “eye of a needle,” (referred to in the Bible) looks like? Matthew 19:24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. Is this it?     This is a good video, on this topic.  

Gluttony

Gluttony, derived from the Latin gluttire meaning to gulp down or swallow, means over-indulgence and over-consumption of food, drink, or wealth items to the point of extravagance or waste. – the act or practice of eating and/or drinking to excess. Is gluttony a sin? What does the Bible say about overeating? Proverbs 23:20-21 warns us, “Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.” Proverbs 28:7 declares, “He who keeps the law is a discerning son, but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father.” Philippians 3:19 Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. 1Corinthians 3:16-17 Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy […]

Theological English Class

A few grammar tips! Capitalize “Bible” and “Scripture”, but DO NOT capitalize their respective adjectives, “scriptural” and “biblical.” Capitalize titles of biblical books (Genesis, 1 Kings), divisions of the Bible (Pentateuch, Synoptic Gospels), and sections or parts within books (Passion Narrative, Gradual Psalms, Penitential Psalms). Always capitalize “Gospel” when the reference is to one of the four canonical Gospels, even when the Gospel in question is specified, as with “Mark’s Gospel.” The words faith, salvation, grace, and so on, are not capitalized. When referring to New Testament letters use capitals. Examples: Epistle / Letter to the Romans Second Corinthians. These rules admit of two exceptions: 1. The designations “book” (book of Job) and “parable” (parable of the talents) are not capitalized. 2. References to genres of biblical literature or to the psalms in general (as opposed to the book of Psalms) should not be capitalized. Examples include: “these psalms are […]

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